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Mr Frostbite’s Geekeasy love-in

Nigel Vardy graced us with a recounting of his mountaineering experiences in February.

For over 20 years, Nigel Vardy has adventured across the globe. Known for his high-altitude exploits and severe frostbite injuries, Nigel has also hacked through dense rainforests, carried out challenging relief work and lived in remote communities.

Regardless of the country or climate, Nigel has a thirst to experience whatever is ‘Over the Horizon’. The world may be extensively mapped, and the internet can show images of anything, anywhere, but there is nothing like sticking your head over the ridge, or round the corner to see what’s there with your own eyes.

To experience the depth and proportion of a mountain range, the river valley which cuts through the jungle or a tiny flower hiding behind a rock is what adventure is all about.
It has to involve risk, and Nigel is no stranger to that. Having almost lost his life and suffered great injury because of his exploits, Nigel enjoys every new vista with delight.

He was recently surrounded by avalanches in the Himalayas, and found himself once again in the media spotlight during the tragic disasters in Nepal. Will this stop him from poking his head over the parapet? Probably not.

Nigel had this to say after his talk, “I recently spoke at Geekeasy in Derby about what makes me look ‘Over the Horizon’. I’ve climbed and travelled for many years, and always have the inquisitiveness do a child. I’m forever asking why, where, how etc and constantly looking for new experiences.

I shared my journey from birth to the present day, questions people’s thoughts and ideas on how they want to push themselves ‘Over the Horizon’. Thanks to Geekeasy for allowing me to speak on what turned out the be a highly enjoyable occasion.”

Follow Nigel on Twitter or check out his website..

Call for Geekeasy speakers!

As you know, the Geek Speak is an integral part of the Geekeasy evening. Starting at around 6.30pm-ish, the speaker talks about a subject they’re passionate about for anywhere up to 30 minutes.

Some people have never spoken in public before, some prepare slides or just go with the flow – there’s no standard format.

Would you like to do a talk?  Continue reading

The joy of stats: How market research works

Alison Bull from Looking Glass Research took us through the ins and outs of market research at June’s Geekeasy – and opened our eyes to the joys of stats.

With an impressive CV having worked for some top media companies including ITV and CNBC, Alison gave us a shock when she said she didn’t like the term ‘market research’! Continue reading

Market research survey: Please complete for June’s Geekeasy!

For June’s Geek Speak, Alison Bull from Looking Glass Research will be telling us about how getting into the detail of market research can help businesses. Ali’s worked at a variety of companies including ITV and CNBC, so has plenty of experience to share.

To help her presentation, please answer 10 quick questions about market research here:

Click here to take the survey about market research

Thank you!.

Learning about animation with Mair Perkins, Ben Haynes and Richie Phillips

The talk at May’s Geekeasy was about animation software. Mair Perkins, Ben Haynes and Richie Phillips explained what and how they use specialist software to create animated logos in their business AnimatID.

Logos can be animated in a variety of ways: some are simple movements of key parts of the logo, while others will be visually complex. The trio work together to come up with ideas and will storyboard the concept to help explain it to the client. Once agreed, they’ll get to work. Continue reading